Apparently, showing off the ole golf swing has become a newfangled way to celebrate a great play in the NFL. First, it was Indianapolis Colts kicker Pat McAfee in the preseason, then it was Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline on Sunday.
Hartline scored a touchdown in the Dolphins' embarrassing 34-15 home loss to a depleted Kansas City Chiefs squad that, at the time, cut the deficit to 14-10. The wide out decided he'd show off his putting stroke in celebration. Hartline was penalized 15 yards for excessive celebration. The Chiefs scored a touchdown on the next drive, stunting any Miami momentum.
“It is what it is; I will learn from it and I made a mistake,” Hartline said after the game, according to ESPN.com. “Hopefully my teammates will forgive me.”
Coach Joe Philbin took responsibility for the unplanned group celebration, but Hartline re-shouldered the blame.
“I think he’s just taking blame for something nothing he had no part of. I had a misunderstanding," Hartline said. "I didn’t think I was putting myself in a compromising position, [but] I did.”